Broadcasting from the USA: Good Oral Health Linked to Improved Survival in Head & Neck Cancer

For patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, good oral health is associated with improved survival, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Jason Tasoulas, M.D., from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues conducted a pooled analysis of 2,449 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma participants from four studies to examine poor oral health as a prognostic factor. Data were included on periodontal disease, tooth brushing frequency, mouthwash use, numbers of natural teeth, and dental visits over the 10 years prior to diagnosis.

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